Research reveals compromised transfer of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies through placenta

BOSTON — Recent analyses indicate that pregnant women and newborns may face elevated risks of developing more severe cases of COVID-19 following SARS-CoV-2 infection. New research led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in Cell reveals lower than expected transfer of protective SARS-CoV-2 antibodies via the placenta from mothers who are infected…

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Cost-effective hood reduces aerosol exposures to patients, otolaryngologists

(Boston)—The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to cause dramatic shifts in the practice of otolaryngology. Even with standard precautions such as physical distancing and wearing personal protective equipment, aerosol-generating procedures such as nasolaryngoscopy (a commonly performed in-office procedure in which a soft, flexible fiber-scope is passed through the nose and into the throat) and intranasal instrumentation…

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Genetic engineering without unwanted side effects helps fight parasites

Around a third of the world’s population carries Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that puts people with a weakened immune system at risk and can trigger malformations in the womb. The single-celled pathogen also leads to economic losses in agriculture, with toxoplasmosis increasing the risk of abortion among sheep, for example. The parasite has a complex…

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Trial of High-Dose Blood Thinners in I.C.U. Patients Is Halted

A major trial of high-dose blood thinners in critically ill hospitalized Covid-19 patients is being temporarily halted because there appears to be no benefit to the treatment and there may be some harm, the trial’s leaders announced Tuesday. The independent monitoring board that called for the trial to be paused did not announce what possible…

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Pfizer Nears Deal to Provide More Vaccine Doses

The Trump administration and Pfizer are close to a deal under which the pharmaceutical company would bolster supply of its coronavirus vaccine for the United States by at least tens of millions of doses next year in exchange for a government directive giving it better access to manufacturing supplies, people familiar with the discussions said.…

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Frida Kahlo Never Slept Here

Ever wonder how Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom would look if he were alive today? No? Well, one British company has reimagined it anyway, along with contemporary bedrooms for four other historical figures: William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo. Neville Johnson, which makes bespoke furniture and staircases, commissioned iProspect, a public relations and…

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘My Lesbian Hallmark Christmas Film Fantasy’

She Smelled of Pine The first winter I saw snow was the first winter I fell in love. I’ve always adored the holidays, but growing up in Florida meant I never experienced the “White Christmas” dream. After moving to Dallas, I started dating a woman who worked on a Christmas tree lot across the street…

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Roberta’s Does Burgers at Burgie’s

Headliner Burgie’s by Roberta’s At first glance, it would be hard to equate Roberta’s, a friendly, comfortable, eclectic place with its geometrically designed cousin, this new burger spot nearby. But that’s because the space was handed to Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi, owners in Roberta’s, largely finished. It’s in a warehouse development with retail and…

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Why Ambulances Are Exempt From the Surprise-Billing Ban

“There’s so many different arrangements that if we had waited to figure that out, we may have jeopardized the whole bill,” said Bobby Scott, the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, who pushed for the inclusion of the study commission in the bill. Mr. Scott, a Virginia Democrat, said he was optimistic that…

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